In January 2008 a special FM based Assistive Listening System was installed in our sanctuary. Sound that is sent to the speakers is also transmitted wirelessly to personal receivers. We have a number of these personal receivers with their own volume control and lightweight headphones that people can borrow. This allows people to listen while greatly reducing background noise. To quote one user: "This was the first time in a long time that I was able to hear everything." If you need one or like to try one, please ask one of the ushers.
For those who are interested in the technical details, the system we have is a Telex SoundMate SM-2. The output from our sound system is input into the base transmitter (ST-300), which transmits the signal to individual receivers (SR-50), operating at a frequency of 75.3 MHz.
Smith has offered some basic
training, that was taken by a number of members of the congregation,
including some Sunday School teachers. Unfortunately, as with any
language, if you don't practice it, you lose it. If
you don't know sign language
or want to find out
more about it, selected American Sign
Language (ASL) resources
Christmas Eve 2007 we started a special program where we provided American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of our Sunday Service at a regular basis, namely about twice a month. This program came to an end Christmas Eve 2010, as we currently don't have any deaf people taking part in our activities. We thank Katherine for her dedication, commitment and joy in providing this special ASL service.
We acknowledge the special financial support we received in 2008, 2009 and 2010 from Montreal Presbytery, Erskine and American Trust Fund.